San Francisco Pride 2017: Everything you need to know and where to stay

San Francisco Pride Parade 2016

San Francisco Pride is an event that should be on everybody’s calendar. The world renowned celebration will be the 47th annual parade held in the Californian city.

This year the theme is “a celebration of diversity” and will feature a whole range of inspirational speakers and performers. Here’s your complete guide to making the most of the weekend, from what to do to where to stay.

When is San Francisco Pride 2017?

San Francisco Pride 2017 takes place from June 24 to June 25 with the main Pride Parade taking place on June 25.

What events have been organised for San Francisco Pride 2017?

The standout is, of course, the San Francisco Pride Parade 2017, which runs along Market Street, starting at Beale and going all the way to 8th, with the parade scheduled to take place from 10.30 am to 6 pm.

Special guests at the San Francisco Pride Parade 2017 included the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Betty Who and Madame Gandhi, and this year’s sponsors include Alaska Airlines, Smirnoff and Captain Morgan.

As well as the march, there are a series of special events, and we’ve rounded up the biggest and best below.

Main Stage on June 24 from midday to 6 pm.

On Saturday a whole host of MCs, speakers and performers will appear on the main stage including MVMNT, Edwin Bernbaum and Sister Roma.

Main Stage on June 25 from 11 am to 6 pm.

Once again Sunday’s celebrations will have MCs, speakers and performers including Jeff Valentine, The Dru Project and Cheer San Francisco. Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) will also be on the Main Stage doing blessings.

“Under the Rotunda”: The Official SF Pride VIP Party at City Hall on June 25 from 2 pm to 5 pm.

This VIP party will have a delicious catering service and bar across three rooms of non-stop entertainment provided by punk band Pansy Division’s Jon Ginoli, former M.I.A band member Madame Gandhi and acrobat artist Acrolele.

Where can I stay for San Francisco Pride 2017?

San Francisco has a number of excellent places to stay, and none better than with a misterb&b host. Below are just some of the possible places close by to all the San Francisco Pride 2017 action.

Joe is hosting a room in the heart of the Castro close on Sanchez Street.

The Private room Joe is hosting is close to Golden Gate park and has over a hundred gay-friendly bars, clubs and restraints nearby and has earned itself a five-star review across the board.

Joe's home in San Francisco is available for you to stay in during Pride celebrations (Photo misterb&b)

Joe’s home in San Francisco is available for you to stay in during Pride celebrations (Photo misterb&b)

Y is hosting a room on the route of the parade on 10th Street.

The room is one of two in an apartment which boasts a charming den and a beautiful view of the city. The apartment has over three hundred surrounding gay-friendly venues and all of Y’s guests so far have had nothing but brilliant reviews of his home.

Why is staying in somebody’s home better than a hotel?

While you may be able to sneak miniature soaps from a hotel, you cannot ever be sure that the hotel you are booking will be LGBT friendly.

Misterb&b is a website which hosts LGBT friendly apartments of locals in the city. From the best places to eat and drink to the best landmarks to check out, hosts who live in the city will be able to give you another level of intel on the best way to navigate a city.

San Francisco is a big place, and getting the knowledge of a resident will certainly be better than relying on Yelp reviews and staring at maps for your whole trip.

How can I become a host during Pride?

Becoming a host on mister&b is not only an easy way to earn yourself some pocket money but it’s a brilliant way to meet people in the LGBT community from across the globe during the Pride period.

You could join Y in his home for the San Francisco Pride celebrations

You could join Y in his home for the San Francisco Pride celebrations (Photo misterb&b)

Just list your home on the site for free, and then you are all set to begin receiving booking requests and inquiries.

Where can I go out during San Francisco Pride 2017?

San Francisco has some of the best gay bars in the state where you can carry on the party after the parade. Our top picks are:

The Stud Bar 399 9th Street 94103. Established in 1966, the Stud bar is the place to be for drag shows and karaoke.

Moby Dick 4049 18th Street 94114. This spot is for those of you looking for a laid-back venue where you can play pool, pinball and video games.

Last Call Bar 3988 18th Street 94114. This bar boasts to “longest” happy hour in Castro. Expect a cute fireplace and an 80’s soundtrack.

What is the history of San Francisco Pride?

The first San Francisco Pride was held in 1970 a year after the Stonewall Riots in New York. Beginning with just a couple of hundred participants the celebration has now grown to host nearly two million people.

The most recent Pride events in 2015 and 2016 have also engraved themselves into San Francisco’s history.

The 2015 event was held just days after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage. The 2016 event took place following the Orlando shooting which shook the LGBT community.

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